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Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 19:24
Hi, I would truly appreciate your input on my business school chances:

• 24 years old, Male, Indian American (born in US)
• Graduate of Lehigh University with a 3.56 GPA
• Majored in Finance within a Combined Business & Engineering Honors Program
o Extracurriculars: Student Senate (4 years), President of Dorm House Council (4 years), Selected Member of leadership development/volunteering 4-year program
• Since graduating in 3.5 years, have worked for almost 3 years as a consultant for a large IT services company;worked with Financial Services clients primarily in NYC; promoted to Senior Consultant in <2 years
• GMAT: 710, then 770 after ~5 months
• Career Paths: Not completely sure, possibly Brand Management/Marketing

Should I consider applying this year to Round 2 for top schools such as HBS, Stanford, Haas, Kellogg, Sloan (and any other schools you would recommend)?
Could you provide any detail on my potential chances of admission?
Also, would working longer or obtaining a job in a different field and applying later help my chances (I do not want to pursue a career in IT consulting)?

Thank you very much!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 21:40
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Bostonite wrote:
Hi, I would truly appreciate your input on my business school chances:

• 24 years old, Male, Indian American (born in US)
• Graduate of Lehigh University with a 3.56 GPA
• Majored in Finance within a Combined Business & Engineering Honors Program
o Extracurriculars: Student Senate (4 years), President of Dorm House Council (4 years), Selected Member of leadership development/volunteering 4-year program
• Since graduating in 3.5 years, have worked for almost 3 years as a consultant for a large IT services company;worked with Financial Services clients primarily in NYC; promoted to Senior Consultant in <2 years
• GMAT: 710, then 770 after ~5 months
• Career Paths: Not completely sure, possibly Brand Management/Marketing

Should I consider applying this year to Round 2 for top schools such as HBS, Stanford, Haas, Kellogg, Sloan (and any other schools you would recommend)?
Could you provide any detail on my potential chances of admission?
Also, would working longer or obtaining a job in a different field and applying later help my chances (I do not want to pursue a career in IT consulting)?

Thank you very much!


If you feel you are ready now, you will have four years of experience at matriculation and that is close to or at the average at most of the schools you are considering. Plus you have good stats, work experience, and extracurriculars. For HBS and Stanford I see no advantage in waiting. Maybe for Haas, Kellogg and Sloan there might be some advantage, but there is (from an admissions perspective) no harm in applying to these programs now and if you get in great. For Stanford, you may even be better off now than waiting a year. Depends what you would do with that extra year.

If you would like help with your MBA applications, please let us know.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - NEXT STEPS [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2013, 18:56
Hi Linda, I should have said this earlier, but thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my initial post. I did decide to apply to Round 2 for my top schools and do not regret gaining the experience of going through the entire process. Unfortunately, I did not have any luck in the application process. I applied to HBS, Stanford, MIT Sloan, Wharton, and Kellogg; outside of my required interview with Kellogg, I was denied without interview for all. I understand that I am shooting for extremely selective schools, but I am determined to attend a school at that level if I go to business school.

For each school, I provided a great (and true) story of my strong passion for the automotive industry and desire to pursue a career in marketing within it (story was slightly tailored to each school). Since it is such a significant change from my current job, the transition I explained may have been a potential missed area. In addition, I did not feel like I had that unique experience/characteristic that would provide a “wow” factor to admissions.

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- Academics and GMAT: I believe I have solid statistics (not really something I can change)
- Work Experience: I had about 2.7 years of work experience as a consultant, and am 24 years old. Compared to other applicants, this made me feel like an outlier slightly. I have received excellent reviews and was promoted; however, even though I was confident and satisfied with each application I submitted, the quality of the experience seemed inferior to other applicants.
- Essays: I was extremely happy with my essays, especially those for Kellogg, Wharton, and Stanford. I had others review them numerous times. My 2.7 years of work experience at the time may have provided me with less material than other applicants.
- Recommendations: Both my recommenders were previous supervisors that claimed to have written excellent letters. One was from a mid-tier b-school; the other did not have an MBA. I provided them with background information with my resume and gave some advice on b-school letters. I did not guide them further than that. One of my recommenders provided letters a day or two after the deadline for Wharton, Sloan, and HBS. My third recommender for HBS and Stanford was a longtime coworker with excellent writing skills that I have no doubt wrote an amazing letter.
- Interview: My only interview was with Kellogg. The interview went really well, I would give it an 8.5/10. Kellogg seemed like an amazing fit. My short career may have lessened the number of stories I could provide in my answers.
- Extracurriculars: My extracurriculars during college were excellent with multiple leadership roles. After graduating, I have done volunteering and other activities here and there, but nothing with a consistent time commitment.
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Now I need to figure out where to go from here. Is there any reason at all to try again in Round 1 of this fall? If not, I would be aggressively seeking a new challenge for myself in a different field, as I do not feel I am growing nor have a strong passion for my current job. Is there a minimum number of years I should stay at that position if I still want to pursue an MBA? If was in a non-automotive or non-marketing field, or if my goals changed, would those negatively impact my reapplication?

Apologies for the long post, I just wanted to be as detailed as possible! Thank you again.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - NEXT STEPS [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2013, 22:44
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Bostonite wrote:
Hi Linda, I should have said this earlier, but thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my initial post. I did decide to apply to Round 2 for my top schools and do not regret gaining the experience of going through the entire process. Unfortunately, I did not have any luck in the application process. I applied to HBS, Stanford, MIT Sloan, Wharton, and Kellogg; outside of my required interview with Kellogg, I was denied without interview for all. I understand that I am shooting for extremely selective schools, but I am determined to attend a school at that level if I go to business school.

For each school, I provided a great (and true) story of my strong passion for the automotive industry and desire to pursue a career in marketing within it (story was slightly tailored to each school). Since it is such a significant change from my current job, the transition I explained may have been a potential missed area. In addition, I did not feel like I had that unique experience/characteristic that would provide a “wow” factor to admissions.

-----------------------------------------
- Academics and GMAT: I believe I have solid statistics (not really something I can change)
- Work Experience: I had about 2.7 years of work experience as a consultant, and am 24 years old. Compared to other applicants, this made me feel like an outlier slightly. I have received excellent reviews and was promoted; however, even though I was confident and satisfied with each application I submitted, the quality of the experience seemed inferior to other applicants.
- Essays: I was extremely happy with my essays, especially those for Kellogg, Wharton, and Stanford. I had others review them numerous times. My 2.7 years of work experience at the time may have provided me with less material than other applicants.
- Recommendations: Both my recommenders were previous supervisors that claimed to have written excellent letters. One was from a mid-tier b-school; the other did not have an MBA. I provided them with background information with my resume and gave some advice on b-school letters. I did not guide them further than that. One of my recommenders provided letters a day or two after the deadline for Wharton, Sloan, and HBS. My third recommender for HBS and Stanford was a longtime coworker with excellent writing skills that I have no doubt wrote an amazing letter.
- Interview: My only interview was with Kellogg. The interview went really well, I would give it an 8.5/10. Kellogg seemed like an amazing fit. My short career may have lessened the number of stories I could provide in my answers.
- Extracurriculars: My extracurriculars during college were excellent with multiple leadership roles. After graduating, I have done volunteering and other activities here and there, but nothing with a consistent time commitment.
---------------------------------------

Now I need to figure out where to go from here. Is there any reason at all to try again in Round 1 of this fall? If not, I would be aggressively seeking a new challenge for myself in a different field, as I do not feel I am growing nor have a strong passion for my current job. Is there a minimum number of years I should stay at that position if I still want to pursue an MBA? If was in a non-automotive or non-marketing field, or if my goals changed, would those negatively impact my reapplication?

Apologies for the long post, I just wanted to be as detailed as possible! Thank you again.


If you feel you will present an improved application, then there is no harm in applying now. The additional year of work experience should help you. However, if you feel you are stagnating, make a change! You are far to young (and talented) to have plateaued. And the schools will want to see growth and progression.

I really can't even attempt to analyze what if anything you can improve in your application without seeing the application. We do provide a ding report if you are interested, but the obvious factor in your rejection would be at this point less work experience/maturity than the competition.

I encourage you to check out the other resources we have for MBA reapplicants, and we have a lot at MBA Reapplicant 101.
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